WASHINGTON – The White House attempted to suppress a stream of speculation about President Trump's health on Monday night, two days after a mysterious, unannounced hospital visit.
"Despite some speculation, the President had no chest pain, nor was he examined or treated for any urgent or acute problems. "Cmdr. Sean P. Conley, the president's navy doctor, wrote in a memo that the White House published in an unusual late-night statement. "In particular, he underwent no special cardiac or neurological examination."
Mr. Trump was taken on Saturday in his motorcade to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during a trip that was not listed in his public schedule. He stayed about two hours because, according to White House officials, it was routine. However, since the visit was not announced in advance and took place only nine months after his last annual physical visit, there was heated debate over whether the president had an unknown health issue.
Dr. Conley reported that his latest test had lowered Trump's cholesterol level from 196 in February to 165. His LDL dropped from 122 to 84, while his HDL dropped from 58 to 70. The doctor has not published results of other tests performed, including an updated weight.
In his memo, Dr. Conley on Saturday's visit "a routine, scheduled interim review as part of the regular, preventive primary care he receives year-round." He said that this had not been announced in advance "due to scheduling uncertainties" without any further explanation.
Nor did Conley mention whether Mr. Trump was undergoing a routine colonoscopy, which his doctor would perform on his next regular exam at the time he said in January 2018. The president's doctors did not say in February if he had one at the time.
After the February exam, Dr. Ing. Conley Mr. Trump as "very healthy". He made no statements in one way or another in the Monday night statement, but settled for the Saturday visit.
"Primary care is provided throughout the year, not just a single annual event," said Drs. Conley. "As such, I will continue to monitor the President's state of health and plan a more comprehensive review of the New Year."